Lions Club International Commissions $100k Rose Parade Float, Biggest to Date for Club

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first_img Make a comment Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Giving Back Lions Club International Commissions $100k Rose Parade Float, Biggest to Date for Club From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 | 3:17 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Subscribe Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Phoenix Decorating’s President/CEO Chris Lofthouse holds an artist’s rendering of the proposed Lions Club International Rose Parade float designed for the 2017 Rose Parade at a special luncheon held September 6, 2016.The Lions Club International commissioned their biggest Rose Parade float to date at a luncheon Tuesday, where club representatives presented Pasadena’s Phoenix Decorating the first check towards its $100,000 commitment to fund creation of the club’s special float commemorating 100 years of global service.“Phoenix has the honor of building floats for many service organizations, but one of my favorite groups that we work with are the Lions,” said Phoenix Decorating’s President/CEO Chris Lofthouse.Lions first displayed a float in the 1948 Rose Parade. Since 1992 the club has continuously presented a float in the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade. Each year Lions Club International’s President and First Lady ride the float in the parade and are viewed by an estimated 400 million people in 85 countries around the world.“Chris and his company have always put the best possible float out with the money that we have been able to put into these creations,” said Lions Club Pasadena member Richard Kasten.Phoenix Decorating Company has rolled out 693 floats in the Tournament of Roses Parades, with 220 capturing awards since the company’s founding in 1983.Lofthouse has been involved in the float industry his entire life and is well versed in the elaborate use of hydraulics, mechanics, digital sound systems, animatronics and other computer systems associated with powering mammoth floats effectively down the parade routes.“This is going to be a very special float. It’s here for the Lions to come out and participate and rally around the float that represents this organization as a whole. The process of making it just as important as it is seeing it in the parade,” said Lofthouse.Lofthouse’s experience also includes building floats and other event showcases for the Coca Cola 100th Anniversary Celebration, Orange Bowl Parade, Kentucky Derby Festival, Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, and National Day Celebration in Singapore.“It feels great to work together year after year,” said Lighthouse whose company has partnered with the Lions Club Pasadena since its inception in 1983.Lofthouse mentioned that any extra help from fellow Lions who want to help decorate will surely help the crew at Phoenix Decorating Inc. finish this challenging task.“We certainly need a lot of volunteers to make this happen,” said Lofthouse.Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.“The most exciting thing is that people come from all over to see these floats and this one is going to be our best one yet. It’s special,” said Kasten.The Centennial Theme is: “Where There is a Need, There is a Lion” with the Centennial goal of serving 200 million people by July 2018, according to a press release.For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at learn more about the Lions Float, visit read more

Pure//Accelerate 2019 – After 10 Years, Still a lot of Questions

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first_img 2019 finished last week. I hope you had a great time in Austin and had a chance to enjoy downtown riding on the Dell Technologies sponsored pedicabs. This event marked the 10th Anniversary of Pure Storage, and there was a lot of hype and anticipation created by Pure around “big” product innovation announcements. Well, I would hardly consider the announcements made as “earth shattering”–they actually left me with even more questions to ask Pure.Let’s take a look at a few key takeaways from the event, as well as several announcements made during the conference.New SLOWER FlashArray//C Optimized for QLC flash…but shipping with TLC first.Clearly Pure is trying to extend the appeal of their FlashArray//X line by adding a new lower-end cost-conscious version announced as the FlashArray//C, which is targeted at addressing the Tier 2 workload use cases.FlashArray//X with SCM as Read-Only Cache…but not as persistent storagePure announced optional support for Intel’s Optane SCM (Storage Class Memory) drives in their FlashArray//X, models //X70 and //X90 only, but only as a read-only cache extension and not as a persistent storage tier. Also, something different with Pure’s approach is that it requires the customer to swap out persistent storage capacity to add DirectMemory modules.Questions – Why would Pure go through the effort of supporting the Intel Optane SCM drives and then not use them for persistent storage? Leveraging them as read-only cache, at the expense of persistent storage capacity, will bring a slight performance benefit to read-intensive applications, likely at a cost premium, but why not use them for actual persistent storage? (Hint: we believe this is related to the reason they introduced the FlashArray//C, with QLC flash, as separate array – NO Persistent STORAGE TIERING in FlashArray. If they had mixed SCM and NVMe flash modules together, as one big pool without tiering, the SCM would have been severely bottlenecked by the slower NVMe flash.)Quick commercial for Dell EMC storage – We have been doing storage tiering for years across all our arrays! A recent example, shows how PowerMax can now mix SCM with NVMe AND provide intelligent and automated storage tiering to get the most out your storage investments.FlashBlade Gets Bigger…but still does not support CIFS/SMB 3.0Pure announced only one substantial new feature for its FlashBlade product – it can now scale to 150 blades instead of only 75.Question – How does this help address some glaring gaps like the lack of support for CIFS/SMB 3.0 protocol? Moreover, if NAS capabilities are added to the FlashArray next year, as mentioned at Accelerate leveraging Compuverde, does this mean the end of FlashBlade?Re-branding of ES2Pure also announced their intent to offer “everything-as-a-service”, a similar promise made by other vendors in the market. In my opinion this announcement adds little differentiation to their portfolio. Pure talked about a unified contract for on-prem and cloud, but little details were available.Question – Will cloud and on-prem subscriptions cost the same? It is unclear how this will look in practice so we will see.Cloud Block Store for AWS is GA…Finally!At last, Pure has launched a Cloud based offering, joining the ranks of storage vendors that already had options to offer replication and DR to the cloud, as well as software defined storage array running on AWS.Question – How will Cloud Block Store make it easy for customer to migrate workloads to and from the cloud? How expensive will it be for a customer to subscribe to Cloud Block Store? Will they get two bills – from Pure and from AWS? Moving applications to the public cloud can be really expensive depending on the service, I encourage customers to look at pricing and TCO models very carefully.What about FlashStack and AIRI….and still no HCI?Not much to say with regards to FlashStack and AIRI and no announcements around HCI, which is quite interesting. How can a Storage company call themselves innovators when they don’t participate a segment that is growing at double digits and enables customers to have “cloud-like” experiences on premises? Your guess is as good as mine.We will have more opportunities to connect in the future and will continue to discuss further developments on these and any new announcements. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about our portfolio and how we compete vs. Pure please check out this link.Talk to you soon!last_img read more

Renewables top 25 percent of electricity supply on Australia’s main grid

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first_imgRenewables top 25 percent of electricity supply on Australia’s main grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia has reached a new milestone – a 25 per cent share of renewable energy on its main grid – despite all the carefully constructed political and regulatory road-blocks, a powerful and entrenched fossil fuel lobby, and a global pandemic.This 25 per cent share has built on the 21 per cent share of Australia’s electricity that came from renewable energy in 2019, which in turn rose from a 19 per cent share in 2018.The new milestone – at least new for the 2000s – comes as renewable investment in both small and large scale renewables has exceeded expectations and punched above its weight for the Australian economy.It should be noted that even the federal Coalition government now concedes that Australia will reach 50 per cent renewables by 2030, despite all its hand-wringing and fear-mongering when Labor suggested the country aim for that target, and AEMO has outlined a 20-year plan to reach up to 94 per cent renewables by 2040.As the June 2020 Quarterly Carbon Market Report published by the Clean Energy Regulator at the beginning of the month showed, large-scale renewables remain on track to deliver around 3.4 GW in new generation capacity for 2020, while rooftop solar looks likely to exceed the CER’s previous estimate of 2.7GW in 2020 and hit a total of 2.9GW.[Sophie Vorrath]More: Milestone: Australia’s main grid reaches 25 pct renewables over last yearlast_img read more

Modern sanctuary hidden in Gold Coast forest is up for grabs

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first_img10-12 Pebble Creek Road, Bonogin.“They’ve got a fire pit at the back, a pool, a games room as well … and then it backs onto the forest.”It also has multiple outdoor entertainment areas that overlook the bushland, a garden shed, two double garages, two water tanks, a 3.1Kw solar system and a VacuMaid. 10-12 Pebble Creek Road, Bonogin. 10-12 Pebble Creek Road, Bonogin.Marketing agent Matt Micalleff, of Ray White Robina, said owners Christopher and Deanne Gregg bought the home in 2010.They built the second house six years ago to cater for their parents, who moved from overseas. “Now they have gone back and (the owners) need to downsize,” Mr Micaleff said.He said it was difficult to find properties of this size, which were ideal for large families.“It’s definitely unique and there’s nothing like it on the market at the moment,” Mr Micaleff said. 10-12 Pebble Creek Road, Bonogin.IT may be big but this acreage property is perfectly hidden in the heart of Mudgeeraba Forest.The half acre block at 10-12 Pebble Creek Rd, Bonogin, features two houses and is surrounded by lush bushland.The main residence has five bedrooms and three bathrooms plus separate games and media rooms while the second house has two bedrooms. 10-12 Pebble Creek Road, Bonogin.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agolast_img read more

36 officers to graduate from Police Recruit Training Course today

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first_imgLocalNews 36 officers to graduate from Police Recruit Training Course today by: – October 19, 2011 Share 48 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Sergeant Kenth MatthewThirty-six police recruits will graduate when the 30th Police Recruit Training Course of Dominica Police Force passing out ceremony gets underway this afternoon.Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew reported that a drill display and awards will form part of this ceremony.“A four month training program culminates with a passing out ceremony with the graduation of the 30th Police Recruits Training Course and the Police Training School. Among the guests will be His Excellency the President and Mrs Liverpool, the Honourable Prime Minister and Acting Minister of National Security; the latter two and the Chief of Police will address the new police officers but the functions featured speaker is former chief of police Mr Desmond Blanchard. The officers, thirty-six of them, will put on a drill display as part of that ceremony. There is going to be awards given to the officers who have excelled in different fields during that training,” he said. This ceremony will take place at 4pm today at the Police Training School in Morne Bruce.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

‘Duel for the Dishes’: The night the Syracuse Chiefs become the Salt Potatoes

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first_imgOn Saturday night in NBT Bank Stadium, the Syracuse Chiefs didn’t play. Instead, there was a pregame wedding, an eight-foot tall golden fork, salt potato pizza, potato sack races and taekwondo. All took place in the freshly named Tater Town, where the Chiefs changed their name to the Salt Potatoes, the Red Wings turned into the Plates and Jose “Mashed Potatoes” Marmolejos homered amid the quirkiness.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerThere was a baseball game — called Duel for the Dishes — but it was just a sideshow. As the Salt Potatoes took batting practice, a couple stated their vows on the venue’s party deck.The wedding had been planned for this specific weekend. Katie Brown, a Syracuse native, had introduced her new husband, Jared Forst, to salt potatoes earlier in their relationship because the buttery delicacy is a staple of central New York. Forst hails from Ohio and had never experienced the side dish.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s like addicted now,” the now-Katie Forst said.“It was kind of weird, the wedding thing,” Marmolejos “Mashed Potatoes” said. Like the rest of the Salt Potatoes, and the team itself, the outfielder had his name altered to a food for the game.The wedding took place beyond the right-field wall. Marmolejos warned them it wasn’t a safe spot.“I yelled at them, ‘Hey watch out, don’t get hit with a ball,’” Marmolejos recalled. “That was the first time I’ve seen that. That was kind of different.”Billy Heyen | Assistant Sports EditorAs game time approached and fans filed in, they had their first opportunity to take part in the starch-dedicated evening. Syracuse dished out bobbleheads, depicting a Salt Potato standing on the Plates logo, to the first 1,000 people in the stadium, in addition to season-ticket holders.One father and son pair received bobbleheads. But that’s not why they were early: The pair was in attendance to watch a younger brother perform in a pregame taekwondo demo. That meant they were walking around carrying three boxed bobbleheads. The older brother plans on keeping his saved in the box. It’s a collector’s item, after all. As the father held his bobbleheads, Master Pryor’s Taekwondo students aligned on the third-base side of the diamond. With music playing, they smashed boards with their hands and feet.That father and two sons grouping tries to make the half-hour drive to the ballpark from Palermo at least once a year. With his son performing martial arts on the field before the game, Saturday was the night.Brian Goodheart, from Phoenix, has never collected bobbleheads — but maybe the salt potato bobblehead, his first, might start a collection, he said. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 27, 2018 at 11:55 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Goodheart can keep the bobblehead, but he couldn’t bring home the night’s biggest attraction: an eight-foot tall fork.The fork was available before and during the game for photos in the stadium’s main concourse. But minutes before first pitch, Syracuse general manager Jason Smorol walked out toward the mound with the fork in hand.Smorol called the ‘Dishes game the “single most important game in the history of minor league baseball.” In all, 6,221 fans celebrated what Smorol called “the most underrated, underappreciated side dish of all time.”And that’s why Smorol made sure the potato wouldn’t be forgotten, at least for one night.As was only fitting in Tater Town on Saturday, the first pitches were thrown with salt potatoes. The Forsts threw theirs together. They stood back-to-back on the mound and both fired strikes to Scooch, one of Syracuse’s mascots.Rochester began the “Plates” promotion last season in homage to the famed “Garbage Plate,” which originated in Rochester. The dish features macaroni salad, home fries, two hamburgers and meat sauce.Kennys Vargas is a first baseman and designated hitter for the Rochester Red Wings. Visible are the layers of a garbage plate, and the lettering “Plates” is across his chest.Chris David, from Rochester, is a super fan. His girlfriend lives in Fayetteville, so it was a multi-purpose trip down Interstate 90. He arrived at about 1 p.m., in time to make it to the Rochester team bus and have players sign his Plates flag.“Because they have this whole food rivalry thing, it’s pretty interesting and fun,” David said.Before the third inning of baseball got underway, potatoes raced potatoes.Three kids headed out to the third base line and picked up potato sacks. They stepped right in and hopped up and down the third-base side. They were cheered on by both of the usual Syracuse mascots, Scooch and Pops.A few innings later, the wedding party returned, most having changed out of their full ceremony garb. They played a variation of the hot potato game. Teams would form as pairs, and the women would lob potatoes over their shoulder for their partner to run down and catch in their potato sack.As Syracuse struggled with its bats to plate runs, fans did no better. Dizzy bat, a popular minor league gimmick, tasks children with standing over a baseball bat and put their forehead on the knob, pressed to the ground. Then, they spin around the bat 10 times. Naturally, they’re very dizzy, but in this variation, they were forced to run to pick up a potato sack.After wobbling to the potato sack, they hopped back toward their original spot next to the bats. While the kids struggled to jog to the potato sack, it seemed that dizziness affected hopping less than running — all contestants made it back to the finish line without any dramatic falls.In what seemed like the night’s secondary act, Marmolejos turned on a first-pitch fastball and sent it soaring toward the party deck in right field. It landed right where the wedding had taken place hours earlier.After the homer put Syracuse in the lead, 1-0, the Salt Potatoes’ Twitter account wrote a tweet that began “Spudnificent!!”. But the night was not to stay as such — Rochester came back to win, 3-1. With victory in hand, the Plates could now claim the night’s biggest prize.At the game’s conclusion, the Rochester Plates were granted the eight-foot tall Golden Fork. With Rochester general manager Dan Mason unable to attend, Grant Anderson was handed the fork. Anderson works as an on-field host for Rochester.He was joined in claiming the fork by two members of the Rochester coaching staff, manager Joel Skinner and pitching coach Stu Cliburn, and Salt Potatoes’ GM Smorol.On a night which featured salt potatoes, garlic parmesan salt potatoes, salt potato pizza and salt potato hot dogs on sale in the ballpark, fans were given a final perk free of charge: fireworks.Red, blue and gold illuminated the sky. Different sizes of burst and volume echoed through Tater Town. A common conclusion to a night at the ballpark. The fireworks could’ve been on any Saturday night — there were no salt potatoes.Photos by Staff Photographer Josh Shub-Seltzer Commentslast_img read more

Baan Jing Jai bike ride raises 110,000 baht

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first_imgThat brought total revenue for the event to 110,000 baht.Surakij said the money will go toward school scholarships since Baan Jing Jai social workers provide only basic teaching.  He thanked all the donors, saying regular charity events are needed so they kids can get proper educations.Dzenana Popin (2nd left), president of the Rotary Club Jomtien and past president Vuthikorn Kamolchote (far left), donated 50,000 baht to Surakij Kamolrath (right), chairman of the Ban Jing Jai Foundation, and Piangta Chumnoi (2nd right), the Foundation’s director to help support the 70 some children under their care.Exercise can be great fun on 2 wheels..Geir Iversen of Norway (right) receives the trophy from Surakij Kamolrath after winning the 40km race.Bicycles of all ages and styles were out to good use for the event. About 200 cyclists helped the Baan Jing Jai Foundation raise more than 100,000 baht in its fifth-annual bike ride.Young cyclists sprint from the start line during the 20km ride.Three Norwegian expats took the top places in the 40-kilometer trek through the streets of Nong Plalai Jan. 28.  Geir Iversen, Tom Mius and a rider identified only as Tornod all took home a trophy and the satisfaction of helping raise money for needy orphans.Surakij Kamolrath, foundation chairman, and Director Piangta Chaumnoi also presented trophies to three top finishers in a 20-kilometer ride.Each participant paid 300 baht to enter the race.  In addition, Dzenana Popin, president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien, donated 50,000 baht to support the 70 children under Baan Jing Jai’s care.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Slippery when wet

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first_imgThe slippery when wet or just when being tackled signs should have been plastered all over the football yesterday, before, during and after the Steelers-Dolphins contest. Everyone is hyped, as they should be, about the return to action of Big Ben Roethlisberger, but after three fumbles or should I say three totally unnecessary give-aways, we had all better buy a bit more stock in the company that manufactures and sales Tums.There was no logical reason for any of the turnovers. Roethlisber­ger put the defense behind the eight ball time every freakin’ time. After eight years in the league, c’mon, why is Big Ben still making these asinine, rookie-like mistakes? On one of the “passes” he attempted, heck not only was he in the grasp, he appeared to be attempting to throw from a jail cell on look down as he tried to “shovel” pass to someone, God only knows who.I have purposely avoided leveling superficial criticism at Big Ben, especially during these times that he is experiencing adversity from all sides but damn, tuck the ball away!One blogger named NEGiven Sundae had this to say; “What pisses me off is that my Steeler friends are defending the horrible call by the refs. Why can’t Steeler’ fans take off their homer goggles for one second and realize that yesterday’s win was a gift? I still think the Steelers are the best team in the league right now, but come on… that was a horrible call. There’s a time to defend your beloved team, and a time to be realistic and admit that the Steelers should have lost that game.”Aside from “Big” fumbles, there were plenty of coaching gaffes to spread around. What was Mike Tomlin saving or should I say wasting his timeouts for at the end of the first half.Miami coach Tony Sparano does not escape his dunce hat timeout moment either. Did you understand the running play on their final drive with no timeouts that blew away 30 seconds to pick up two yards?When Pittsburgh won their two most recent Super Bowls, the defense was nasty, nastier and nastiest. They were not “concussionists,” they were “percussionists,” because they were beating people like you and I would beat a drum.I thought that Pittsburgh was going to go back to the future. That means or was supposed to mean that the running game was going to be the first option and the forward pass was going to be second. Remember they kicked Willie Parker to the curb because it was alleged that he had lost a step and he was also not an inside runner.I don’t care if you have a 2,000-yard rusher if your QB fumbles three times. The majority of those games your squad is going to lose regardless of how good your defense is. I could accept it if Big Ben, in the process of working off the rust, threw a pick or two. However, fumbling, stumbling and bumbling the ball away and expecting the defense to charge into the “dark alley of idiocy” to bail him out and salvage the game, well that is a bit much. If the Dolphins suck it up and score a TD on just one of those turnovers, game, set, match.Big Ben was his usual enigmatic self. He said what one might consider the biggest understatement of the 2010 season. “Just a bizarre kind of play. You hate to win it that way, but you’ll take a win.” What way is Mr. Roethlisberger referring to? Could it be that his “Boney James” type of bonehead play, extending the football out to dry almost cost the Steelers a win again? But lo and behold, the defense did not fold. They held on and won the game. As thin as they were along the defensive line, being held play after play like they were new grooms on the first night of their honeymoon, they still prevailed.Miami linebacker Channing Crowder had a different take on the officiating (which I thought was sorta, kind decent). Crowder said, “The refs called a wonderful game— for the Steelers.” I wonder how many rubles are going to be extracted from Mr. Crowder’s paycheck by the NFL commissioner for that honest if misplaced remark.Referee Gene Steratore said Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring. He also added that the replays were inconclusive regarding which team recovered, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line, allowing Jeff Reed to kick an 18-yard field goal with 2:26 left. The official said, “I have to have clear video evidence of the team recovering the fumble. It is a pile of bodies in there, and you don’t have a clear recovery.”Echoing the sentiments of his butterfingered quarterback, Mike Tomlin said, “We will take it and exit stage left.” That being said, the next time Big Ben fumbles three times or throws three picks, the defense may not be able to save him and the Black and Gold may have to leave by the back door.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]­ or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

DD Motoring: Road to recovery

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first_imgIt doesn’t take much to spark a memory to life, be it good or bad.The smell of acid spilt from a busted battery at a serious car accident of quietness and darkness of an intensive care unit.The look that one human being can pass on to another, that things are not right. Advertisement Be it the person that’s suffering or the person that is trying to save a life.Over the last year or so in my job as a photojournalist, I have covered the arrival of a new and very specialised piece of equipment.I watched in amazement and with nervousness as people with spinal injuries or stroke patients were carefully helped from wheelchairs or walking frames and were placed into a frame that could be fully adjusted to suit before the patient is securely strapped in.To watch someone rise from a sitting position to their feet, with the aid of this frame makes you think and appreciate how difficult a small action like standing up becomes so much more complicated with injuries of disabilities. Advertisement In our dayI still have two walking sticks at home, one of them belonged to my grandfather, Pop Coyle, who used it all of his life.The walking sticks that which belonged to my grandfather and then my Auntie B also handy for directing traffic. Photo Brian McDaid.His walking stick went everywhere with him in the car when he was driving his old red Opel Kadett, or hanging on the pew in front of him when he went to mass up until he died in 1977, in his 90th year.ModifiedThen the stick was modified and shortened when his daughter Bida Deeney needed two walking sticks to get about on. Bida, who may have been weak in body, was strong in mind.She was once the county goalkeeper for Donegal in Camogie.So, the story was often told of a pushy motorist who wouldn’t let her cross the road in front of her home one day and then had second thoughts when she left the track of her fathers walking stick on the bonnet of his beautiful BMW.For those who never meet Fr. Mark or Bida Deeney, I have inched a small clip of a video of the two of them at Fr Mark’s Golden Jubilee celebration to the priesthood, which was held in And Friary a good few years ago Passing on Miah DeeneyThen at her husbands Miah’s funeral, Bida put on a brave face and weathered her sorrow, only to suffer from a stroke at the funeral meal after at Gleneany House.Knowing that time was vital in getting medical attention, we lifted Bida, chair and all, and bundled her into my car and drove her to the hospital.Even then she was looking for us to wheel her around and leave her down to the foot of the town instead of taking her to the hospital and causing any fuss.RehabAfter a long stay in both Letterkenny General and the rehab unit across the road in St. Conal’s Hospital, Bida still believed she would be able to manage at home on her own.It worked for her mother who also suffered a stroke many years before and Bida gave up her job in the Model Bakery Shop on the High Rd to look after her wheelchair-bound mother, in the home house that was converted from a garage to have all its rooms on the ground floor.HopeA team from the rehab unit travelled down from the hospital with Bida to see if she could now manage on her own in her own home.I can still remember one of the therapists checking me up when I went to slide the back of the wheelchair around to assist Bida to make it into her sitting room.Bida Deeney (centre) with the President Mary Mc Eleese and her husband Martin also pictured are Brian McDaid, Ward sister Olive Gallagher and Ward Manager Donna Gallagher Reid. Photo By Pat HarveyThe house that Bida cared for her mother in now wasn’t suitable for Bida to manage on her own.It was hard for a strong-willed person like Bida to accept, but in the long term it was for the best and Bida was lucky to get the specialised care she needed in St. Josephs Hospital in Stranorlar and also was able to continue the habit of a lifetime of getting to mass every morning where the late Monsignor McDyre was a regular celebrant.Car CrashIn 2008 her brother Fr. Mark Coyle was involved in a horrific road traffic incident in which it was thought at the time he wouldn’t survive.As a fireman attending the incident, I was trying to talk to Fr Mark (my uncle) before he became unconscious. Medics at the scene thought he wouldn’t even make it as far as the hospital and sent me back in the ambulance with him to Letterkenny.At the hospital, the emergency doctor in charge advised me to start making phone calls as the team worked on him and his injuries in an effort to save his life.Fr. Mark was induced into a coma and scans of his injuries were transported by taxi to Dublin.Fr Mark Coyle who suffered serious injuries in a road traffic incident just over ten years ago . Photo By Brendan Tiny Vaughan.The specialist spinal unit at the Mater Hospital sent word from Dublin to send Fr. Mark up.Again, we were told that he might not survive the operations that they needed to do but they had no choice.After a failed attempt where they had to abandon the operation because of other breathing complications, a second attempt they had success in dealing with his C2 fracture in his spine.Fr. Marks progress was slow.Four months into his stay in ICU and the high dependance unit in the Mater Hospital word come through that he might be going to the rehabilitation unit in Dun Laoire.Sadly other complications were to ditch that possibility.For all the injuries that he had suffered in the accident, this seemed to be the blow that was to hit him the worse much like his sister Bida a few years earlier when she got word that she couldn’t manage in her own at home following her stroke.Fr. Mark who was strong in willpower and prayer tried to come to terms with the fact that his body was at the limit of what could be achieved for him.Destination DonegalThe fingerpost on his journey to recovery change from Dun Laoire and pointed to Donegal and Letterkenny and the thought of getting home boosted his flattened batteries.The sun blinded him the day he arrived back to the ward in Letterkenny General Hospital, I went to pull the curtains and I was stopped in my tracks, leave them Fr. Mark suggested.I never thought I would see my home town again or the chapel spire so I’ll suffer a bit of sun in my eyes.The rehab unit and the staff got Fr. Mark back on his feet, one of them even took a fishing rod into work with them and had the man who loved fishing casting a line out into the gardenMaden vogueAn electric wheelchair was made to fit the dimensions of the elevator in Ards Friary, but we didn’t factor in my uncle’s enthusiasm to operate the new electric-powered wheelchair, resulting in him parking his chair on top of my foot as we took the elevator to a new development in his rehabilitation journey.Padre PioOn the first evening, Fr Mark celebrated mass from his wheelchair in Ards a well-wisher come up to him after the service to wish him well and also for to get him to bless a few things that had bought in the shop.One of them was a Padre Pio fridge magnet, somehow they doubled up as an immobiliser disabled his wheelchair on the altar and only after searching through the instruction book did we find the wheelchairs immobiliser to reverse the power of Padre Pio’s Fridge Magnet.These memories this week from over a decade were rekindled when I was asked to cover a press conference to launch the No Barriers Foundation charity ball at Castle Grove House on the 8th of June.Johnny Loughrey and his team from No Barriers Foundation as they demonstrate the robotic walking aid at Castle Grove County House Photo Brian McDaid.Money raised on the night went to support the use of a state of the art robotic technology to help spinal injury, stroke, MS and brain injury victims, amongst others, to stand up and walk.My story might be different to others that are going through an injury or illness of this type, but the work of the No Barriers team under the directorship of Johnny Loughrey has to be commended for the work they are doing and plan to do if their fundraising evening is a success.Happy Motoring Folks.No Barriers announce unmissable summer charity ballDD Motoring: Road to recovery was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pep Guardiola unsure whether Raheem Sterling will commit future to Man City

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first_img© Tim Goode/PA WirePep Guardiola says he is unsure whether Raheem Sterling will sign a new contract at Manchester City.The Harlesden-raised 23-year-old became British football’s most expensive player in 2015 when swapping Liverpool for the Etihad Stadium in a deal rising to £49m – a move which saw Sterling’s former club QPR bank £8m courtesy of a sell-on fee.The England forward has yet to agree a new contact with just two years left on his current deal.“There’s no doubt we want him,” the City boss said.“He knows, his agent knows. We want him. Txiki (Begiristain, City’s director of football) spoke with him.“It’s clear since the first day I arrived we want him, but the deals are the deals, and the agents are the agents, and the players are the players.“So, at the end I don’t know what is going to happen, but I assure you 100 per cent that the club, myself like a manager, sport director, even his team-mates, we want him to stay longer here.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.comUndoActive Feel11 Warning Body Signs You Shouldn’t IgnoreActive FeelUndoActive Feel7 Common Foods To Clean Your ColonActive FeelUndoOrganic WelcomeThe 7 Worst Foods For Your Brain That Might Shock YouOrganic WelcomeUndoWomenArticle.comThe Top 10 Cheapest Countries To Buy a HomeWomenArticle.comUndolast_img read more